It has become an annual tradition from the Friday before to the Sunday after Mother’s Day, for many of the nation’s public gardens to offer special events and activities for schools, families and thousands of visitors to explore and discover their local public garden, while learning about each garden’s commitment to education, research and environmental stewardship.
We want to use National Public Gardens Week this year as a way to focus attention on our many member gardens that need support – and to showcase their beauty as a source of resilience in these trying times.
— The American Public Garden Association
Participation in this event is open to all public gardens, botanical gardens, educational gardens, specialty gardens, entertainment gardens, arboreta, farm gardens, historical landscapes, and zoos that are members of the American Public Gardens Association. Each institution embraces National Public Gardens day in their own unique way.
While this year many gardens are closed or limiting access because of the COVID-19 crisis, Marin Art & Garden Center and the other members of the APGA are still participating in this special week, with online content and more. Our grounds are open to foot traffic and with observation of social distancing rules, so you can celebrate with other public gardens around the country.
The American Public Gardens Association is a professional organization in the field of public horticulture. National Public Gardens Day was created in 2009 to drive local and national exposure to the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility through community engagement, sustainable practices and conversation.
What exactly is a public garden? Here’s a short video we prepared to give you some ideas about what you can learn from places like Marin Art & Garden Center.